Dr Rosa Solinas
Rosa trained at conservatoires and universities in Italy and in the UK. Her qualifications include an Honours Degree in Literature and Philosophy (Perugia), a Masters in Economics (Bologna) and a Doctorate in Musicology (Oxford). She took up her position with the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestras in April 2015, having previously held a range of roles in various countries and diverse institutions, including the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Wexford Festival Opera, Opera Theatre Company in Dublin, Oxford University, English National Opera, the Royal Opera House and the Teatro Comunale in Bologna. Besides music and her wonderful colleagues, Rosa loves cinema, cooking, walking, sailing, cats and her four children.
Finance & Administration Manager
Martin has over 20 years’ experience in arts finance and administration. He joined the Monteverdi team in November 2015 having previously been Finance Manager at London’s Royal Court Theatre and having held positions in several West End theatres. Prior to moving into the arts Martin spent 6 years in investment management. He has professional qualifications in both accountancy and investment management and between 2012 and 2018 Martin was a trustee of Spread the Word, an Arts Council England NPO organisation that operates throughout London as a writer development agency across all writing genres.
Librarian & Artistic Advisor
James grew up in Paris and read Music at Cambridge University. After a spell in the music library at Glyndebourne he was musical assistant to conductor Emmanuelle Haïm in France. When not with Monteverdi, James now works as a freelance musicologist, vocal coach and musical director. He is currently joint artistic director of the baroque collective Solomon’s Knot, with whom he has taken different productions to the Aldeburgh Festival. Within the Monteverdi team James takes care of the music library, and organises casting for certain projects.
Artistic Operations Manager (maternity leave)
Emily joined the Monteverdi team in June 2016. Having grown up in Yorkshire, Emily read Classics at King’s College London before working for the Britten-Pears Programme and Aldeburgh Residencies scheme in Suffolk for three years. She returned to London to work for artist management agency HarrisonParrott managing, among others, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Alison Balsom and Hélène Grimaud. Wanting a further challenge Emily transitioned within the company to the world of international orchestral touring, travelling not only to Europe but also more widely including China, Japan, Indonesia, Qatar.
Tours & Concerts Manager
Margot grew up in London and is passionate about delivering successful tours. She studied Music Industry Management before joining the artist management agency Harrison Parrott where she managed, amongst others, Truls Mørk, Santtu-Matias Rouvali, Sakari Oramo and Hannu Lintu. Promoted in 2018 to the world of international orchestral touring, she managed tours with Barbara Hannigan, Víkingur Ólafsson and Alice Sara Ott, travelling to Europe, the Baltics, St Petersburg and Moscow. When not on tour, Margot enjoys running, swimming, yoga, playing the piano and attending musical theatre productions.
Artistic Projects Manager (Choir Manager)
Andrew grew up in Oxford before studying music at the University of Manchester. After six years in orchestral management roles at the London Symphony Orchestra and London Mozart Players, Andrew joined the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestras in March 2020. When not on tour, Andrew finds pleasure in running, brewing beer and playing keyboard in a wedding band.
Sharon Kelly is passionate about music and studied at the Royal Academy of Music and the Guildhall School of Music. Her previous positions include Editorial and Socials Manager, Global Classics & Jazz, at Universal Music and Jazz Product Manager at Sony Music.
Fundraising Executive Assistant
Freya Firth-Robson is a First-Class Music graduate from Durham University. Coming from a musical family, she has been actively involved in live music and performances from an early age, and is passionate about maintaining high standards in The Arts for everyone to enjoy. After graduating she held a fundraising position at Worcester Cathedral where she organised a large-scale event to commemorate the Dean’s retirement. Freya is also a keen performer and Early Music enthusiast. She studied singing with Dame Emma Kirkby for the last four years and has hugely enjoyed exploring the world of lute songs. She will also be taking up a choral scholarship at All Saints, Fulham in September 2023.
Emily studied Applied Theatre at London South Bank University and graduated in 2023. She held varied positions at several theatres, including The National Theatre and Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, whilst studying. Emily worked at the Young People’s Theatre Company Theatre Centre as an Administrator and Assistant Programme and Admin Coordinator during her final two years of studying. After graduating Emily joined the Monteverdi Choir & Orchestras with the mindset of being able to rekindle her lost passion for classical music. When she’s not working Emily enjoys karaoke and going to see new-writing theatre shows.
Philip Turbett studied Bassoon and Clarinet at Trinity College of Music. He works regularly with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, English Baroque Soloists, Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, Academy of Ancient Music and English Touring Opera. He has worked with many other leading orchestras including the London Philharmonic and the Philharmonia. Philip has worked with a range of distinguished conductors including Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Charles Mackerras, Sir Roger Norrington, Sir Andrew Davis, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Sir Mark Elder, Frans Bruggen and Vladimir Jurowski.
Matt studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He started his career at Hampstead Theatre, North London as ASM, DSM and finally Stage Manager. Opera work includes Scottish Opera and Diva Opera (an internationally renowned chamber opera company) where he toured Europe, the US, Middle East, Africa and Asia. He spent many years as Studio Manager on several BBC dramas with casts including Judi Dench, Ian McKellan and Ralph Feinnes as well as on music videos for artists including Coldplay and Madonna. He was also Tour Manager for Tim Minchin’s national ‘Are You Ready For This?’ tour. Matt regularly stage manages large scale business conferences in Europe and the US each year as well as looking after artists including Billy Joel, Foo Fighters, Hugh Jackman, Tom Jones and Diana Ross for private parties/events.
He joined MCO as Production Manager for the Monteverdi 450 tour in 2017 and worked on the Verdi Requiem and Berlioz concerts in 2018.